A detective, who spoke on condition of anonymity, so as to speak freely on the matter told URN that Ajalu was picked up on a tipoff from community members who alerted police on his plan to sell off his child for unspecified reasons.
A man in
Bugiri district is in trouble after being arrested red-handed trying to sell
off his nine-year-old daughter to a witch doctor for suspected ritual sacrifice.
is 34-year- old Menculam Ajalu, a resident of Naluwerere trading center
in Kapyanga Sub County in Bugiri district. Ajalu, who has since confessed to
the crime, informed police that he was going to selloff his daughter at Shillings
The suspect says that he had run out of funds to cater for
his child’s wellbeing and decided to give her away to someone who would better
fend for her. “We have gone several days without food and only survive at the
mercy of well-wishers who at times give us free food. I just got fed up with this
situation and had since resolved to hand over my daughter to a family, which
would better cater for her necessities,” he said.
A detective, who spoke on condition of anonymity, so as to speak freely on the matter told URN
that Ajalu was picked up on a tipoff from community members who alerted police
on his plan to sell off his child for unspecified reasons.
“Police through the cooperation of the public,
received information and we organized one of our officers who masqueraded as a
potential buyer at Bukonde swamp along Malaba-Tororo highway, where Ajalu has
been arrested in the company of his daughter,” he said.
James Mubi, the Busoga East police spokesperson, told URN
that detectives were recording statements from eyewitnesses. He says the
suspect faces charges of child trafficking. Mubi further reveals that the witchdoctor
whose identities have been withheld managed to escape from the scene of crime,
adding that efforts are underway to track him down.